Jan. 31, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -
Kirubel Erassa made a late charge in the anchor leg to win the distance medley relay for Oklahoma State track and field in day one of the Razorback Invitational, in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday.
The distance medley relay took center stage to end the night, and did not disappoint. In what quickly became a two-team battle, Arkansas built a late lead, but Erassa brought it home for the Cowboys with a great anchor leg. The finishing time of 9:39.00 was the fourth-fastest DMR time in OSU history.
“It was even in the first leg, then Arkansas pulled away a bit,” OSU coach Dave Smith said. “Kirubel was able to bring us back for the win, but I think they could have done better. I’m not sure that time will hold up from a qualifying standpoint, but I thought they competed really well.”
The OSU distance runners weren’t the only ones to make an impact on Friday.
In the 60 meter dash, John Teeters blazed down the track in 6.71, which was a new personal best, and just missed the OSU record by .01. He was the third-fastest qualifier for Saturday’s final.
“Teeters looked great running his new personal best,” Smith said. “He did a great job. Also, two of the guys in the long jump, Tre Flowers and Jerel Morrow, looked really good. They have to get their steps down, but they looked great.”
On the women’s side, Britney Presley qualified for Saturday’s 60 meter dash final, with a time of 7.71, Julia Schmaltz took fourth in the high jump, clearing 1.60m/5-3.0 and Chase Ealey logged a third-place finish in the shot put, with a mark of 14.90m/48-10.75.
OSU track and field will be back in action tomorrow, with day two of the Razorback Invite starting at 12:10 p.m.
Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014/ Randal Tyson Track Center/ Fayetteville, Ark.
Jan. 31, 2014
Men’s Individual Results
60 Meter Prelims
Distance Medley Relay
18. Triana Browne-Hearrell – 25.85
4. Julia Schmaltz – 1.60m/5-3.0
3. Chase Ealey – 14.90m/48-10.75
* - Denotes Personal Best
q – Denotes Time Qualification